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SPEcialization course waiver policy

The College of IST will allow graduate students to substitute a maximum of 9 credits of external courses for IST research methodology and specilization courses to fulfill the IST graduate curriculum requirements. The College specialization course waiver guidelines are below.

  • If a student wants to substitute a graduate course taken in another institution for an IST research methodology and specialization graduate course, the course must satisfy the following requirements:
    • The course must be from an accredited institution.
    • The student must have received an “A” or “B” grade value.
    • The course may have been taken in pursuit of a graduate degree, but completion of that degree is not a requirement.
    • The course must appear on an official graduate transcript.
    • The course must have been taken within five years prior to the date of registration in the IST graduate program.
  • To receive a course waiver, the student must submit the following to the Graduate Programs Office:
    • An IST Specialization Course Waiver Form with the student's adviser's signature.
    • An official transcript with the course and grade listed if the Graduate Programs Office does not have this already on file.
    • The syllabus for the course that is proposed for waiver.
    • An explanation of how the course contributes to the student's research. 
    • The Graduate Program Director will review the request and you will be notified of the decision.   
  • All course waiver requests must be processed before the Comprehensive Exam.  No course substitution requests will be accepted after this date.
  • Specialization Course Waivers are an internal IST process. Therefore, the course’s grade will not appear on the student’s PSU transcript.

Travel Policy to Countries on Warning List

Graduate students wishing to travel to countries on the U.S. State Department Warnings List must abide by the University Graduate Student Policy for Travel to Countries on the U.S. State Department Warnings List